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Comparing Significant Events, Ideas or People

This support material is incorporated into critical challenges at grade 12, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.

The following documents can be adapted and re-saved for your needs.

Comparing Significance
This chart helps students compare and rank the significance of events, ideas or people. To use this chart, students:

  • record the events, ideas or people being compared in the column headers; e.g., if students are comparing the values and conditions that influenced the development of liberalism, the headings would indicate which values or conditions are being considered
  • consider the significance for each event, idea or person according to the following criteria:

Prominence at the time

Consequences: the impacts of events, ideas and persons

Subsequent profile: the importance of the event, idea or person in popular history

  • Was the event, idea or person noticed at the time as having importance?
  • How long did this recognition last?
  • Magnitude of the impact: How deeply felt or profound was the impact?
  • Scope of the impact: How widespread was the impact?
  • Lasting nature of the impact: How long-lasting were the effects?
  • Remembered: Has the event, idea or person been memorialized?
  • Revealing: Does it inform our understanding of history?
  • record factual details to support conclusions regarding significance
  • rank according to significance and provide evidence to support the rankings.


Adapted from Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum series.  Permission granted by The Critical Thinking Consortium for use by Alberta teachers.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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